Let's Read, a charity under the auspices of Dar Al Atta'a, which promotes the love of reading to children in Oman, recently held its eighth Children's Writing Competition in conjunction with the Public Knowledge Library. Here are the four winning entries, representing the four different age groups.
Water the theme of the competition for 2014, tied in with the International Decade for Action "Water for Life" 2005–2015. Jane Jaffer, Chairperson of Let's Read quoted from the UN initiative; "Water serves a multitude of different purposes, and it is vital that we preserve this precious natural resource. Access to water is essential to ensuring the health and well-being of humans and the protection of nature.
The United Nations recently announced that the world had achieved the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water. Eighty-nine per cent of the world population, or 6.1 billion people, now have access to an improved drinking water source. But 11% still does not."
School students aged from 7 to 18 years were encouraged to write factual information about water and its importance, or to write a fictional story that somehow related to the subject of water. Jane said, "We wanted students to realise the importance and value of fresh water by researching the subject independently. Those who decided to write a work of fiction were encouraged to be imaginative and write something adventurous and original."
A team of judges worked long and hard to read all 340 entries from more than 35 different schools across the country. The Arabic entries were judged by the Public Knowledge Library and the English entries were judged by Salma Mawlawi, Cathy Al Delamie, Sonia Carr, Hilary Hull, Elizabeth Al Sarhani, Alison Al Maskari, Jane Jaffer, Christiane Mushantef, Marijke and Vileka Talyarkhan. The competition was sponsored by Haya Water, Sweets of Oman, Highland, BSJ, MacDonalds and the Al Qurum Complex.
Winners of the Let's Read Children's Writing Competition 2014
1st Prize (11-13 yrs)
1st Prize (14-16 yrs)
1st Prize (17-18 yrs)
Ahmed Abdullah Al Jehafi
(Sarab School- Wusta)
Best Entry from Each School: